The New Testament Church 0005 - Lesson 2

Its Fellowship (Continued)

  1. FELLOWSHIP DEFINED
    1. In Parts
      1. The word fellowship is made up of two parts.
        1. Fellow
        2. Ship
      2. Defining each part of the word will help us define the word as a whole.
      3. The word fellow is found in various forms in the word of God.
        1. It is found in its singular form 28 times (Genesis 19:9; Exodus 2:13; Judges 7:13, 14, 22; 1 Samuel 14:20; 1 Samuel 21:15 (2); 1 Samuel 25:21; 1 Samuel 29:4; 2 Samuel 2:16 (2); 1 Kings 22:27; 2 Kings 9:11; 2 Chronicles 18:26; Ecclesiastes 4:10; Isaiah 34:14; Jonah 1:7; Zechariah 13:7; Matthew 12:24; Matthew 26:61, 71; Luke 22:59; Luke 23:2; John 9:29; Acts 18:13; Acts 22:22; Acts 24:5).
        2. It is found in its plural form 13 times (Judges 11:37; Judges 18:25; 2 Samuel 6:20; Psalm 45:7; Isaiah 44:11; Ezekiel 37:19; Daniel 2:13, 18; Daniel 7:20; Zechariah 3:8; Matthew 11:16; Acts 17:5; Hebrews 1:9).
        3. It is found as part of a compound word 44 times
          1. Fellowship – 17 times (Leviticus 6:2; Psalm 94:20; Acts 2:42; 1 Corinthians 1:9; 1 Corinthians 10:20; 2 Corinthians 6:14; 2 Corinthians 8:4; Galatians 2:9; Ephesians 3:9; Ephesians 5:11; Philippians 1:5; Philippians 2:1; Philippians 3:10; 1 John 1:3 (2), 6, 7)
          2. Fellowservant(s) – 10 times (Matthew 18:28, 29, 31, 33; Matthew 24:49; Colossians 1:7; Colossians 4:7; Revelation 6:11; Revelation 19:10; Revelation 22:9)
          3. Fellowdisciples – 1 time (John 11:16)
          4. Fellowprisoner(s) – 3 times (Romans 6:7; Colossians 4:10; Philemon 1:23)
          5. Workfellow – 1 time (Romans 16:21)
          6. Fellowhelper(s) – 2 times (2 Corinthians 8:23; 3 John 1:8)
          7. Fellowcitizens – 1 time (Ephesians 2:19)
          8. Fellowheirs – 1 time (Ephesians 3:6)
          9. Fellowsoldier – 2 times (Philippians 2:25; Philemon 1:2)
          10. Yokefellow – 1 time (Philippians 4:3)
          11. Fellowlabourer(s) – 4 times (Philippians 4:3; 1 Thessalonians 3:2; Philemon 1:1, 24)
          12. Fellowworkers – 1 time (Colossians 4:11)
      4. The word ship is found in various forms throughout the Bible.
        1. The word ship in Scripture deals in one way or another with a sailing vessel.
        2. However, the word used as an ending to a compound word seems to denote something much different.
          1. Butlership (Genesis 40:21)
          2. Workmanship (Exodus 31:3, 5; Exodus 35:31; 2 Kings 16:10; 1 Chronicles 28:21; Ezekiel 28:13; Ephesians 2:10)
          3. Suretiship (Proverbs 11:15)
          4. Friendship (Proverbs 22:24; James 4:4)
          5. Lordship (Mark 10:42; Luke 22:25)
          6. Stewardship (Luke 16:2, 3, 4)
          7. Apostleship (Acts 1:25; Romans 1:5; 1 Corinthians 9:2; Galatians 2:8)
          8. Fellowship (Leviticus 6:2; Psalm 94:20; Acts 2:42; 1 Corinthians 1:9; 1 Corinthians 10:20; 2 Corinthians 6:14; 2 Corinthians 8:4; Galatians 2:9; Ephesians 3:9; Ephesians 5:11; Philippians 1:5; Philippians 2:1; Philippians 3:10; 1 John 1:3 (2), 6, 7)
        3. The Online Etymology Dictionary defines it as the "state,” or “condition of being” (http://www.etymonline.com/index.php?term=-ship).
    2. As a Whole
      1. More than breaking of bread (Acts 2:42)
      2. Deals with being yoked together (2 Corinthians 6:14)
      3. Has a connection to work (2 Corinthians 8:4; Galatians 2:9)
      4. Is founded in doctrine (Philippians 1:5)
      5. Has to do with being in agreement (1 John 1:7; 2 Corinthians 6:16)
      6. “The ‘fellowship of believers’ is a busy-ness in which believers work together as partners ‘in the gospel,’ doing so for (and with) their Saviour (Philippians 1:3-7).” An excerpt from an article entitled Fellowship with Him written by Brother Daryl Coats.
Andrew Ray

Daily Proverb

Proverbs 23:26

My son, give me thine heart, and let thine eyes observe my ways.